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> PXE Boot Server by KeiraM
post Aug 13 2007, 04:33 PM
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To answer a request from a 911cd.net forums user, KeiraM has created a plugin tu run Tftpd32 on BartPE to PXE Boot a BartPE ISO.

I have then asked him some infos to use it on a real Windows XP Professional and he has changed a few lines of code to make it real Windows compliant.

To give his project more visibility, i've decided to post it here in Tftpd32 subforum.


Installs a kind of PXE-Boot-Server on BartPE that can serve Bart CDs (or maybe something else) to the network.
Can work as RIS server (files are accessed by the client via network on demand) or serve an ISO-image (is transfered as one big file/Win2k3-SP1 only!)
A little script is included that sets up everything needed.

Some files are needed for this plugin to work: Two from the internet (Junction.exe, TFTPD32.exe), one from another Bart build ('bootsect.bin').
See comments on top of inf-file for details!
Place this plugin as subfolder somewhere in the plugins folder, not deeper! This plugin reaches for mkisofs.exe by "..\..\mkisofs.exe".

* Some writeable folder on an NTFS drive is needed (this can be provided by formating the RAMDisk accordingly, e.g. with "format /FS:NTFS"). Only about 1 MB space is needed in this folder for RIS boot.
* Serving an ISO image needs the iso image to be present, of course. MSISofs will be copied with this plugin, but creating the iso-image will need a lot space (on the NTFS folder mentioned above).
* The Bart system that hosts the server *cannot* be served (when the registry hives are read, they appear modified). This can be worked around by copying i386 to e.g. i386pxe prior to image creation. When creating the image with -duplicates-once, no additional space will be occupied by this folder. Then i386pxe can be served.
* On a RIS booted system the network configuration behaves strangely: Network capabilities are present, but it's hard to change settings for NICs. On the other hand, creating a TAP device (with OpenVPN) is still possible.
* ISO booted systems need a lot of RAM...

With this plugin the nice little BINL-Server created by sherpya is shipped, as well as a so-called InfParser that was coded in C and adapted from sherpyas InfParser.py. Sherpyas BINL-Server is GNU-GPL - see sherpyas homepage for the source. My C-InfParser is closed-source freeware. Do with it whatever you want to. BUT THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR NOTHING!!!

And there is NO WARRANTY for the whole plugin.

sorry for my english

All credits goes to KeiraM for his Proficient scripting skills.

Nuno provided some webspace for him, so the current plugin version (as well as some other plugins) can be found here: http://keira.boot-land.net.

In the past Jaclaz already posted a link to this Tftp32 running IN BartPE, Plug-in published
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